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St George Illawarra Dragons utility Will Matthews admits a better performance is needed against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at WIN Stadium, Wollongong on Saturday.

The Kyogle Turkeys junior admits that while he expects a large and boisterous crowd for the upcoming local derby, which will see both teams compete for the Monty Porter Cup, he expects his teammates to up their game from previous outings.

Matthews was a late addition to the line-up which went down 29-10 to the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park last round.

“It was a tough physical game against Souths, they have a big forward pack,” said Matthews.

“We gave away too much ball and we made a few errors that we need to work on and the coach has been hard on us this week, which we’ve needed.

“We went back during video and talked about our structures and our game in and around the ruck.

“It will be good to get back to Wollongong, there’s always a good atmosphere during the derby.

“The Sharks are in a similar situation to us, but we’ve had a look at their game and we’ll work on a few more things during the week.

“I’m happy to be playing first-grade and will do my best to show I warrant my spot.”

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